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Each year when March rolls around it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy that is March Madness. Is the basketball team on the bubble? Can they reach the Sweet Sixteen this year? At times it can be easy to forget there is another perennial athletic powerhouse in the midst of their season.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we take a look at Syracuse Mens's Lacrosse. First, WAER's Jonathon Hoppe shows the depth of the roster that's already been called on, early in the season. Then, Tim Leonard tells us about the successful recruiting efforts of head coach John Desko that have landed talented freshman such as Griffin Cook.


This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Cooper Boardman takes us on a trip to Yorktown,NY. A hotbed for producing quality lacrosse players and the hometown of Syracuse Men's Lacrosse Midfielder Austin Fusco.

Also this week, a number of sports fans were sad to see Syracuse leave The Big East. Saying goodbye to the yearly rivalries with Connecticut and Georgetown, but as we hear on this weeks episode, the Syracuse-Duke rivlary is off to a great start. 


For a while now Syracuse, New York has had a reputation as a basketball city. Stars like Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara long with coach Jim Boeheim has propelled Syracuse Unviersity Men's basketball to the forefront in Central New York. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Dana Grey tells us that there is a new show in town, and it's Syracuse Women's Basketball.

Also this week, Jim Boeheim is known for being a coach who expects a lot from his players. But, that style of coaching apparently isn't for everyone. WAER's Corey Spector compares the freshman struggles of Syracuse guard Jalen Carey to previous player who have left the program.


Syracuse University Men's Lacrosse has a history of being a dominant force in college lacrosse. If they want to keep that claim this year they'll need susbstantial leadership from their team of captains. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Jonah Karp explains that this year's captains have a interesting blend of old and new. 

Also this week, Boston College might not impress you in the landscape of  ACC Men's Baskteball, but it hasn't always been that way. WAER's Tim Leonard reminds us that BC used to be a force in the conference and explain their plan to return to that state. 


It's hard to be part of a major university for over 30 years and not make a slew of connection along the way. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast,  the subject of both our stories have strong connections to Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim. First up is Mike Hopkins, who is now the head coach for the University of Washington.  WAER's Noah Eagle explains how even after his departure he's still impacting Syracuse hoops.

And then, there's almost no stronger connection one can have than that of  a blood relative. So  it's safe to say, Syracuse freshman Buddy Boeheim knows the coach pretty well. That being said, Buddy is a freshman and has had his share of ups and downs. WAER's JD Raucci tells us how the freshman has grown throughout the season. 


Prior to this year Syracuse University Football hadn't made it's way into the Top 25 Rankings since 2001. This year though SU has earned wins against schools like Florida State and North Carolina State resulting in its highets ranking since 1998. As fans enjoy the success this season, WAER's Tim Leonard reminds us of the long journey the program has taken to get back.

Also, Syracuse University will look to earn it's 8th win of the season in their next game against Louisville. Syracuse has struggled against the Cardinals recently, but WAER's Cooper Boardman explains why this time could be different.


It's rare for college football to have a true freshman break onto the scene and take the country by storm. That kind of fan fare is typically reserved for college basketball. Apparently, no one told that to Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was recently named the team's starter. 

WAER's James Colgan chronicles the takeover of Trevor Lawrence this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast


Syracuse University Football continues to turns heads around the country with their impressive start this season. But this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, we turn back the clock. First WAER's Meredith Kava shows the unconventional path that SU legend Joe Morris took to achieving his historic career. And then, Dana Gray dips in the archives and looks back at the 2015 season; the last time that Syracuse University Football started 3-0.


In Major League Baseball, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans went decades and decades without a championship. So, when you hear that Syracuse men's lacrosse is in a drought you might be skeptical.

Truth is, it's been four years since the Orange have made it to the lacrosse Final Four. And while that might not seem like a long time, as WAER's Dana Grey tell us, it's actually the longest such stretch in program history.

Generally in sports it’s difficult to win on the road. And occasionally you just come across a team and venue that simply has your number. For Syracuse Men’s lacrosse that has largely been the case when traveling to play Virginia. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, James Colgan examines the road ails that SU lacrosse has experienced when traveling to Virginia. 

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